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AS THE MEN LINE UP, THE PANCE HAUL 
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I HAD TO RUN THOSE 
TWO INTO JAIL JUST 
THE OTHER NIGHT FOR 
SHOOTING- UP FRONT 
STREET' ARE THEY AT 
YOUR TRAIL CREW j 
CAMP" 



HAVEN'T S£EN THEM 
SINCE WE BOLTEP 
OUT OF THE DANCE 
HALL LAST NIGHT.' 



ANP AS /WATT DILLON LOOKS FOR A LEAD ON 
THE MISSING MEN - 





HERE' AND IF I DON'T SET SOME BETTER 
AN5WEK5 ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT, 
YOU MIGHT BE EATING HERE REGULARLY/ 



PILLON, IJ'S NIGHTFALL' 

I WANT THE TWO 

MEN yOU ARRESTED 

ON SUSPICION OF 

MURDER.' WE'LL 

TAKE OVER NOW,' 




THE MEN ARE IN MY ) YOU DON'T 5EEM TO 
CUSTODY AND / BE MAKING MUCH 

YAKS-STAYING J PROGRESS, MARSHAL. 
HER£,' ,-^sl WE CAN .' 



MAJOR. JUST MAKE SURE NONE 
OF. YOUR WEN CROSSES THIS 
LINE OR HE'LL BE STOPPED BY 
GUNFIRE 




f YOU WANT TO SEE ME, ) L—sJ 1 
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YES,MAJOR.'l THINK J ^ISB^l" 
CAN FWD THE MURDERER, J-HlM^te^a 
8UT L'l.L NEE& ' y WaMfu^^k 
YOUR. HELP' Fay IV "^fg^M 




ISOOM.. 



WHAT DO YOU \ I WANT THEM TO STAND 
WANT ME TO \ IN THES/Wfi POSITION 
HAVE My DETAIL I THEY WERE IN JUST 
DO, MARSHAI ~ 









Minutes later 



I HATEP HIS GUTS/ 
GRAFF, WHY PIP ) HE STOLE My GAL 

you shoot Boyc.y from me.' i thought 

__---'WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT 
OUT X HAP A PERFECT 
CHANCE TO SETTLE SCORES.'! 
WAS SURE THEY'D BLAME THE 




THAT'S WHAT I SUSPECTEP \ WHAT PIP 
TILL PUGGER ANP REED J THAT PROVE? 

TOLD ME HOW THE SIPES . 

LINEP UP TO FACE 

EACH OTHER.' 




REMEM6ER THE BURN ON BOYD'5 JACKET? 
HE WAS SHOT AT CLOSE RANGE! I KNEW 
NO COWBOY GOT THATCLOSE.' HE HAD TO 
.BE SHOT BY ONE OF THE MEN NEXT TO 
HIM/ I HOPED RE5TAGING THE SCENE 
WOULD MAKE THE MAN WHO WAS NEXT 
TO HIM TRY TO 
AVOID STAMPING 
THERE — 
IT DID.' 



OUR ANGER COULD HAVE RAILROADED 
AN INNOCENT MAN INTO A NOOSE .' 
MARSHAL, I SEE NOW WHY THE LAW 
SHOULD REMAIN IN YOUR. HANDS.' 
I'M GOING TO DO ALL I CAN TO 





TEN THOUSAND IN 




If was eleven o'clock at night that the 
explosion rocked the town of Panhandle 
and brought Marshal Mace Morgan run- 
ning into the street, 

"The Cattlemen's Bank," 'someone was 
shouting. Mace could see smoke issuing 
from the shattered windows of the bank 
as he raced to the scene. 

Inside the bank they found Burt Beamis, . 
the bank's porter climbing to -his feet, hold- 
ing his head as if in pain. Behind him was 
the blasted vault. 

"It all happened so sudden," said Burt 
to the Marshal. "I was mopping up when 
suddenly this masked man came up be- 
hind me and slugged me. When I came to, 
the vault was open and the buzzard who 
did it was gone." 

Mace looked at the pail of dirty water 
and the mop lying close by. Neorby stood 
Gil Evans, the banker, wringing his hands. 
"There was ten thousand in gold in that 
vault — and it's gone!" 

"That masked sidewinder who slugged 
me from behind must have taken it," said' 
Burt Beamis regretfully. 

The Marshal looked at Beamis. There 
was something about his story (hat didn't 



make sense. But Mace couldn't quite put 
his finger on it. 

"Hey, Marshal!" called a voice outside. 
"Someone just spotted a rider racing 
south, out of townl" 

"Sounds like our man," said Mace, as 
the crowd followed him into the street. 
"Let's go, boys. We'll try to head him 
off." 

It was at Eagle Notch that they caught 
up with the rider, a sharp-faced cowpoke 
with a slippery reputation. But they found 
nothing on him. 

"What's this all about?" asked the sus- 
pect, innocently. 

"Blockie, someone just robbed the 
bank. If you're not mixed up in this why'd 
you leave town in such an all-fired rush?" 

"Just exercising my horse," replied 
Blackie, And for the second time that eve- 
ning the Marshal had a feeling of some- 
thing wrong. "Hombre," he said, "you'd 
better come back with us while I check 
your story." 

Riding homeward Mace mulled it over. 
It just didn't make sense for a man to rush 
out of town during the excitement of a rob- 
bery. Not unless Blackie had something to 
do with it. Yet Blackie didn't have the 
missing money. 

Still, Blackie, might have been used as 
a decoy ... to lure off the Law while 
someone else hid the stolen gold. 

And suddenly Mace grinned. There was 
only one other man involved in this deal 
whose story didn't make sense. The bank 
porter, Burt Beamis. 

It was behind the bank that Mace found 
the porter. Burt was lugging out the pail 
of dirty water. 

Mace drew his gun. "Just dump that 
pail right here, Burt." Under Mace's gun 
the pail was emptied, revealing a heavy 
bag of gold coins. 

Later Mace explained to banker Evans. 
"I guessed Burt was lying. He reported the 
thief was wearing a mask. But how could 
he know that if he was struck from be- 
hind? And since Blackie's story didn't [ell 
either, I knew they must be working in 
cahoots. The question was, where had Burt 
hidden that gold? When I saw him lugging 
that pail, 1 knew 1 had the answer." 



DDDGE CITY DAYS 

ssarasss mm 



AGENT, WEIGH THIS.' I J WEIGH IT yOURSELF, 

WANT TO SHIP IT,' , ' MISTER.' I'LL TAKE 

yOUR WORD,' I GOT MORE 

IMPORTANT BUSINESS 

IN HAND RIGHT r 

NOW/ 



EvERyONE LIKED 
BOB, ESPECIALLy 
THE SHIPPERS WHO 
USED THE DODGE 
CITy ADAM5 EX- 
PRESS OFFICE/ 
BOS WAS/ TO PUT 
IT MILDLY, AN EASY- 
GOING WORKER,.. 




HUGOENS AND THE SHIPPERS QUICKLY CHASED 
THE ADAMS EXPRESS OFFICIAL TO THE DOPGE 
RAILROAD STATION, WHERE... 





AND THAT MEANS 
VEU BUFFALO H/M 
INTO DOING THINGS 
Ol/fi WAY LIKE GOOD 
OL ( BOB/ 



TWO DAYS LATER, THE NEW AGENT ARRIVED, 
BUT NO ONE EXPECTED ANYONE QUITE SO NEW... 



THAT KID V I'LL HANDLE THE 
POSITIVELY A. yOUN&'UN/ 
SHMES! 





BILLY, THE NAME'S BRAP 
HUGGENS/ THE BOYS AND 
I WOULD LIKE TO GET 
BETTER ACQUAINTED 
YOU/ THERE'S A NICE 
SALOON DOWN 
THE STREET- 



--THANKS, BUT 
: WAS JUST 
ON WW WAV 
TO HAVE TEA 
WITH THE MINIS- 
TER AT CHURCH/ 



|T DIDN'T TAKE THE SHIPPERS LONG TO 
REALIZE THAT BILLY WAS A MAM OF HIGH 
PRINCIPLES,. 



WE'VE NOTHING AGAINST YOU, 



SON/ WE JUST LIKE THE WAY BOB RAN THE 
OFFICE/ HE ALWAYS LET US WEIGH OUR OWN 
FREIGHT/ THIS PACKAGE COMES TO FIFTY 
POUNDS/ 




WHY, THAT WAS A VERY GOOD ESTIMATE, 
MR. HUGGENS/ YOU WERE ONLY OFF 
TWENTY POUNDS/ 
YOU'LL HAVE TO PAY 
FOR SEVENTY POUND5 
OF FREIGHT/ 



That began a campaign toannov billy/ it 
started innocently with a huge shipper u5ing 
the door to nap against e 
...at closing time/ 




But even ruining billy's suit didn't stop 
him from running the office by the book 
HUGGENS got desperate 




HOSGENS AND THE MEN WERE WATCHING, AGAIN AND AGAIN, THEy TOASTED BILLY'S; 

VAITING FOR BILLV TO RACE OUT OF TOWN... INTENDED, THE/ WERE SOON ALL IN A PLEASANT 

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Next morning, the shippers were nursing 
headaches 




AS HUGGENS VANISHED FROM SIGHT, BILLY RE- 
VEALED THAT HE HIRED THE CRONE--- FOR 
MORE THAN HUGGENS PAID HER---TO FAKE 
THE MARRIAGE LICENSE. 




(jUNSMOKE 



Spotted By 

MARSHAL MATT 
DILLON, A5 HE 
BUYS A GUN, 
BILL BOWLING- 
WANTED BANK 
ROBBER--- 
BLAZE5 BACK... 




IN DOC ADAMS' OFFICE, A FEW MINUTES LATER. 





I'VE GOT TO 
STOP mm OR 
HE WILL 

MURPER THOSE 
THREE MEN.' 




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IN TARNATION 
IS MY HORSE 
DOING BACK HERE 
WITHOUT 

OOC ADAMS? 




THE WA/ HE'S ACTING 
UP, MAYBE I'D BETTER 
BUST IN ON MR. DILLON 
AND MISS KITTK' 




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